Jackie Chan praised Beijing’s blue sky on Weibo and wanted to call himself “world-known TV, singing and action star.” In response, Chinese netizens called him “model ass-kisser of the Chinese Communist Party.”
China’s Academy of Social Sciences released its 2013 China New Media Development Report yesterday, in which the majority of Weibo users are labeled as “low age, low education level and low income.” Chinese netizens not happy.
Days around June 4 have become China’s annual Internet “maintenance” period. This year, on June 3, Sina Weibo, China’s most dynamic microblog service, rolled out what has been its finest censorship move – to temporarily remove the candle icon.
Chinese netizens started an online troll after female activist Ye Haiyan protested in Hainan against child abusers. By asking “school principals” to “get a room with me,” netizens are hoping that the country’s kids will be in a safer place.
To answer netizens’ calls for a re-investigation into Zhu Ling’s 19-year-old poisoning case, Chinese authorities blocked all words and deleted all posts related to the case on Sina Weibo, on World Press Freedom Day.
Seven out of the 8 top trending topics currently on Weibo are about the earthquake in Ya’an. The very first one titled “7.0 earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan,” which keeps updating the latest news and casualty numbers in Sichuan, is generating more than 67 million chatters.
10 years ago in 2003 when SARS was gradually under control, China’s now retired president Hu Jintao took power. 10 years later, Xi Jinping steps onto the stage and here is H7N9 bird flu. Many of Chinese netizens sighed: “History always repeats itself. 10 years, we circle back.”
An uplifting story was proved a staged publicity stunt one day after going viral on Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging service. Weibo’s credibility as an information source is called into question by netizens.